Investigations [tests]

Basic investigations can be considered under the major headings of Bedside, Laboratory and Radiology. Use the 5 C’s approach to recognise, understand and manage metabolic disturbances.

  • Cause – defining the potential causative events that lead to disruption
  • Clinical manifestation – evaluate, recognise and diagnose the problem
  • Complications – what can go wrong in the short, medium and long term can define clinical manifestation.
  • Calculations – Calculate to Obviate
  • Corrective measures – Call to action…how do you actually fix the problem!

Bedside

Urinalysis

Laboratory

Electrolytes
Acid-Base
Renal Function
Liver Function
Full Blood Picture
Fluid Analysis
Pregnancy
Endocrine

Radiology

Chest X-Ray
Abdominal X-ray
CT Head
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